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Williamson, Gary L. – Cogent Education, 2018
Individual growth curves yield insights about growth that are not available from any other methodology; and developmental scales based on conjoint measurement models provide unique interpretive advantages for investigations of academic growth. The advantages are apparent when: (1) 15 consecutive statewide reading growth curves are annotated with…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Psychometrics, Educational Innovation
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Dadey, Nathan; Briggs, Derek C. – Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 2012
A vertical scale, in principle, provides a common metric across tests with differing difficulties (e.g., spanning multiple grades) so that statements of "absolute" growth can be made. This paper compares 16 states' 2007-2008 effect size growth trends on vertically scaled reading and math assessments across grades 3 to 8. Two patterns…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Scaling, Effect Size, Reading Tests
McMillen, Brad – Wake County Public School System, 2010
In 2008-09, results from End-of-Grade (EOG) reading and mathematics tests in WCPSS continued to demonstrate an upward trend across grade levels and student subgroups. Disaggregation of results by ethnicity, income level, disability status, and English proficiency status showed that achievement gaps between historically underperforming subgroups…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Reading Tests, Mathematics Tests, Achievement Tests